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Institute for Lay Formation

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  • Institute Opens New Lay Leadership Site at Benedictine University

    The Institute for Lay Formation is collaborating with the Diocese of Joliet to open a new site for the Lay Leadership program at Benedictine University in Lisle starting Fall 2014.  

    The site will serve the laity in the Diocese of Joilet as well as proximate areas of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

  • Director Linda Couri Attends 19th World Congress on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy



    Director Linda Couri joined the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy for its Nineteenth World Congress on Inspiring Meaning-Centered Living in Diverse Disciplines, Cultures and Wisdom Traditions.

    According to Linda, Viktor Frankl's though lends itself well to Catholic theology, specifically as it relates to human suffering.  Logotherapy is a specific approach to psychotherapy deeply couched in existential principles.  

    She says, "Attending this conference gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in the 'language of meaning' central to mental and spiritual health.  This is important because the New Evangelization requires us to adapt our language to best communicate to our audience.  In a country with an increasing number of people who refer to themselves as having no religion, it is necessary to cultivate a language in which people can engage in conversations about deep existential issues.  I strongly believer that Viktor Frankl's logotherapy can guide us in cultivating a 'meaning centered language' which can aid all of us in our discipleship."

  • Director Linda Couri Attends Ministry Showcase at Catholic Theological Union

    On October 4, 2013, Institute Director Linda Couri attended the Ministry Showcase at Catholic Theological Union

    According to Linda, the Ministry Showcase at CTU provided a friendly discussion forum for those seeking ministerial positions. Such an event is a step forward in the conversation about the relationship between vocation and employment.

  • Institute Staff Attend INSPIRE Conference

    Linda Couri, Director, and Katarzyna Kasiarz, Associate Director, attended the INSPIRE Milestone Conference at Loyola University October 24-26, 2014.

    The INSPIRE Milestone Conference marked the culmination of a 10-year partnership of the Lilly Endowment Inc., the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago, focused on building excellent parish pastoral leadership teams.  

    The INSPIRE team reflected on the values and learning of INSPIRE and how those effects can be sustained and developed through ongoing projects and networks.  

    Local, national, and international speakers and panelists presented keynotes and break-out presentations and faciliated discussion with conference participants.

  • Director Linda Couri and Rev.Thomas A. Baima Write Book Chapter for "Called for Serve" Project

    Institute Director Linda Couri and Rev. Thomas A. Baima work to co-author a chapter for Called to Serve, an international project on lay ministry.

    Institute Director Linda Couri and Rev. Thomas A. Baima are co-authoring a chapter for a book entitled 
    Called to Serve.  The project is led by Rev. Dominic Robinson, SJ, of Heythrop University, London, and is a collaborative effort of scholars from the US, England, and Germany around the topic of lay ministry.

  • First LMAP Event of the Year: Fostering Contemplative Prayer

    LMAP kicks off its second year with a successful formation day led by Rev. Michael Fuller, STD.

    The first LMAP formation day of the academic year drew a crowd of 52 attendees, selling out the house.  The day provided an excellent balance of lecture, discussion, private time on campus, and group sharing.  The vast majority of attendees reported that they walked away having learned something new.

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